As the NFL approached the 4 p.m. deadline for all teams to trim their rosters to 75 players, the Patriots were apparently attempting to pull off yet another summer trade.
According to TheMMQB.com New England was "shopping" fourth-year former second-round pick wide receiver Aaron Dobson.
Dobson caught 37 passes with four touchdowns as a rookie out of Marshall in 2013, but finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve, catching a combined total of 16 passes in 12 games in 2014-15.
The 6-3, 205-pounder had a nice 37-yard catch-and-run from Tom Brady in last Friday night's preseason win in Carolina, continuing what might be the best offseason of his young career. But he remains in a tight battle for a roster spot in New England at a receiver position that includes Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola (PUP), Chris Hogan, Keshawn Martin, Chris Harper and rookie Malcolm Mitchell.